The in-joke among political observers came back to bite this week, as President Donald Trump was scheduled to meet with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other top Democrats for a second round of talks about how to rebuild the nation's infrastructure.
Never mind that infrastructure was the one oft-cited example of potential bipartisanship as both sides of the aisle tried to figure out a common area to work together.
And never mind that after the first meeting, both sides agreed on a $2 trillion investment in the country's roads, bridges and more.
This week, Trump told Democrats he wouldn't act on infrastructure until they pass his USMCA trade deal. Then Pelosi, pressured by her own caucus over impeachment, criticized Trump for "engaging in a cover-up." Trump then blew up the meeting -- and went to the Rose Garden to unleash a diatribe of his own, complete with visual aids.
That wasn't the only plan that went off the rails this week.
Communities devastated by natural disasters have been waiting for trillions in money for disaster relief to pass in the House and Senate after it got tied up in Trump's fight over the border wall. Everything appeared to be on track after a Senate vote Thursday, only for a Friday morning speed bump from Texas Rep. Chip Roy.
Roy's objection, in part because the $19 billion bill doesn't include funding for Trump's border wall, means that passage of the bill is now likely delayed until June.
The Point: From infrastructure to disaster funding, it was a week of derailment.
And now, the week in 26 headlines:
Trump tweets threat at Iran: 'Never threaten the United States again!'Trump eyes Biden as he ramps up reelection bid with PA rally
DOJ willing to hand over intel if Schiff backs off 'enforcement action'Trump is expected to tap Cuccinelli for top DHS role on immigrationTrump aide Johnny DeStefano expected to leave White HouseTrump attorneys appeal order to give records to CongressMcGahn did not attend his hearing. The hearing happened anyway.Trump to visit Ireland during D-Day trip to UK and NormandyJudge orders public release of Michael Cohen search warrantsTrump announces pick for next Air Force SecretaryAnother top Trump aide to exit as legislative activity dries up
Trump slams Dems' investigations, cuts infrastructure meeting shortActing DHS secretary defends shifting resources to the borderPelosi says Trump is 'engaged in a cover-up'Mnuchin defends refusal to hand over Trump's tax returnsBarr rails against court orders blocking Trump agendaTillerson told lawmakers Putin was more prepared than TrumpBetsy DeVos releases more data on student loan debt
Trumps pay unannounced visit to Arlington CemeteryTrump administration announces $16 billion farmer bailout planHouse lawsuit over Trump's emergency declaration heads to courtTrump orders intel agencies to assist Barr with Russia probe reviewTrump denies 'temper tantrum' in angry public episode
Lawyer for SEAL accused of war crimes also works for Trump OrgTrump approves additional deployment to Mideast to counter IranAdmin proposes rule that removes transgender health care protections
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